Making of a silk dress with a wing painted on it.
With dye in color blue black.
Realistic feathers placed unrealistically.
A long story told as is.
By artist/escapist Yuko Nagai, currently Miss Sore Thumb in a rural Japanese town
who rambles about random stuff as well.
Read on.
Thank you.

August 16, 2008

visiting heavens in tokyo

if you think there's only one heaven
and it is located "up there"

think again


because today i am going to take you to
several crafter's heavens found in tokyo town

firstly,the zipper heaven

the store is called okadaya in shinjuku
i snook and shot these photos
wanting to share with the world the
bright side of life in japan


so
lookit



zipper pullers in chrome



below:
the kind i favor
called

ykk flat knit

perfick for silkies
see how soft and spineless it is

and so many colors to choose from
see?

tweaky little people we are














now i am moving on to
tokyo's garment district, nippori

there i found the
leather heaven

...perfect summer getaway...

the thing that looks very tin-foily
that's gold foil pressed onto leather

may not be suitable for warmer climate but
what do i know

the surface is so metalic it's
reflecting my pink outfit



tie-dyed leather displayed next to
camelia-floral dyed with japanese lacquer



spatter pattern in chrome-like silver
again, reflecting my pink top



and the basics: variety of black leather materials

i was particularly impressed by the
super gloss enamel that is also
super light


the store is called
and leather



last but not least
the studs heaven

(no photos of the store - i forgot)

the kind that goes on your jacket, that is

now, look closely
these parts are in...

the color matte black !!!

matte!!!!!




the coloring process of the said matte is patented
and selling of these monopolized by

the store called "san-shi-mai"
three sisters in japanese


behind great metal parts are
three sisters at work...just guessing


location: nippori
no website but no worries, they are
easy to find, only handful of leather craft stores in the area


that's about it
thanks for your visit!

August 5, 2008

August 1, 2008

it's that time of the year

time to take photos in the swimming pool near-by,
that is

been doing this since 1999 or so
still trying to get new visions from the
same old 18x50 meters

below:
the view of the same old




and
one from the first 2008 batch
taken just a few hours ago



some of the other pics i've taken over the years are
upped on my portfolio page (additional note: i made a video too!)
please visit if yu gotta chance, i really like what i did

in fact
i like them so much i almost want to stay there
in a pool, with a camera...
shake me upside down (don't!), if i begin to
typecast myself